Topic: Around the House
I had a sudden desire to change the decor in our guest room. The old theme was lighthouses and I knew someone who would make good use of the items.
Within an hour I had brainstormed with Mom about a new theme and gathered items from storage, other rooms in the house and from various collections.
Here's what I came up with:
A new headboard treatment made with a sarong from Tahiti:
An over-the-bed display - a mounted butterfly and a painted feather, both from Costa Rica:
A nightstand display for the left side of the bed. A ceramic box I painted on a cruise, Dutch shoes from a friend in Holland, a tile from a cruise (for a coaster), and a little jar 'cruise fund':
For the right hand nightstand there is a map-covered frame, a ceramic box, a little jar of sand from Hawaii, another cruise tile, and some Dutch birds from my friend in Holland:
The main display is on the bureau. On the wall is a frame of multiple butterflies from St. Martin, a stone globe picked up in Alaska, a box made on a cruise, a silver woven box from Mexico, a conch shell from Grenada, in the back is a leather box from Venezuela and in front is a large plate I painted on a cruise, perched on its edge is a frog box from Puerto Rica, and then there is box from the Beleek factory in Ireland. The globe bookends hold handmade and altered books with travel themes and on the right is a puzzle box from Costa Rica.
This eclectic mix of elements is only the tip of the volume of travel items that I could have selected from as I buy boxes wherever I travel and make crafts on almost every cruise. But these things went well together and cover a wide scope of places we have traveled.
I may do something more by adding artwork created with maps. I do have additional wall space to play with in this room, so there will probably be more to come.